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May 12, 2009

Mill Ends Park

In the middle of Portland, Oregon there is a small oasis of weirdness called Mill Ends Park. According to Wikipedia, Mill Ends Park:

is a small park that was created on St. Patrick's Day, 1948, to be a colony for leprechauns and a location for snail races. It is the smallest park in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, which first granted it this recognition in 1971. The park is a circle 2 ft (0.61 m) across, with a total area of 452 sq in (0.292 m2), in a traffic median which in 1948 was intended to be the site for a light pole.

I've never been to Portland, but if I ever make it up there, I'll make a point to visit this park.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 12, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Nature, Urban Life

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 12th

Your Daily Loser - During an argument back in October of 2006, Chytoria Graham picked up her infant son and swung him like a baseball bat, hitting her boyfriend, and fracturing the baby's skull (the boy survived). She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. So why is she back in the news? Because Chytoria is appealing her sentence and claims the public defenders who represented her at trial were ineffective. She's also just been released on bail.

Jury Duty - Some people just don't see the line between acceptable and not acceptable. Todd Marcum, of Salem, Oregon, is one of those people. Marcum was arrested for putting an electronic, shocking dog collar on his children. And not because they were misbehaving, but because he thought it was funny. The Story. // The Mugshot.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Tue May 12, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Babies, Crime, Domestic, Family, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

What NOT To Say At Work

There are some very specific things you shouldn't say to your co-workers. Offensive things. Questions and comments that could lead to a lawsuit, or getting fired. But how do you know exactly what those things are? Aside from using your common sense, the Delaware Department of Transportation was kind enough to make this brochure. They also issued an apology when, surprise!, people found the brochure to be offensive.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Tue May 12, 2009 | Comments (12)
Category: Communications, Government, Jobs and Occupations, Signage, Work and Vocational Training

May 11, 2009

Victor Borge as the Piano Tuner

I've seen a lot of Victor Borge, and was please to stumble on this older piece!!

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (1)

Professor Music’s Weird Links

Hi everybody! This is my first direct posting to WeirdUniverse.

At some point, she just stopped caring.

One of the great things about the Internet(s) is, if you suffer/are afflicted by something obscure, there is a Forum for you to share with others. Grinding your teeth? Welcome!

A collection of the most expensive and most worthless items in the world. (And a great URL, too!)

Another Study that hasn't found a cure for cancer: "Can People Distinguish Pâté from Dog Food?" and it concluded that, well, 5 out of 6 people can't.

I don't know the name of this Fetish; if you do, please inform the rest of us! (Possibly safe for work, but they will look askance forever after).


Prof. Music
Posted By: Professor Music | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (7)

Should You Serve White or Red Wine With Discarded Pizza Crust and Apple Cores? can help you with that decision. All you need to know about Oenology is if you and your party will be drinking for taste, warmth or simply to forget.
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Shopping, Urban Life, Alcohol

New Montauk Monster Found!!

Montauk Monster web site
Posted By: dherlich | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Unsolved Mysteries, Video

Weird Cars: AMC Pacer

All the stories in the news about Detroit's car companies made me think about American Motors, makers of possibly the weirdest American cars: one of which was the Pacer.


More in extended >>
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Cars

Weird Comics

There was a time when weird was a common part of comic books. Literally. These titles represent only some of those that had the word Weird right in the title to let readers know what lay ahead: Weird Fantasy, Weird Mystery Tales, Weird Science, Weird Science Fantasy, Weird War, Weird Western Tales…. Beyond that, there were books like Creepy, Eerie (not to be confused with Eerie), and Vampirella.

Sadly, books like Vault of Evil and Vault of Horror are rarely made these days, and we have sunk into a rut of superheroes... not even Vault of Superheroes. (I miss vaults.) I, for one, would love to see a revival of series like Uncanny Tales from the Grave. Maybe, if comic book writers can avoid some redundancies in titles, it would help keep them from all presenting Adventures into Fear, Mystery, Terror, Weird Worlds, and Alan Ladd.
Posted By: kingmonkey | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (5)

Scar Jewelry

It's my scar allows you to turn your scar into jewelry. Just send them a picture of your scar, and they'll make an artistic rendering out of wax and then cast the piece in the metal of your choice.

The site claims that having your scar turned into jewelry can be empowering. I imagine it could also be a great form of creepy revenge. If someone accidentally injures you, give them the scar they caused you as jewelry and make sure they wear it all the time!
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Fashion
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